FuzeHub Helps Calmetrics with Funding, Sourcing Materials & Research + Development

Calmetrics Inc. of Holbrook, New York develops and manufactures certified reference standards for X-ray fluorescence (XRF) instruments used in the quantitative analysis of film thickness and material composition. The nine-person company was founded in 2002 and
occupies a 3,300-square foot facility in Suffolk County on Long Island. Over 50% of Calmetrics’ sales are exports.

Summary

Calmetrics’ products include thin chromium foils that are used as reference standards for calibrating XRF instruments. There are only three ways to make these foils: electroplating, mechanical rolling, and physical vapor deposition (PVD). Each manufacturing process presents challenges and limitations with respect to chromium coatings. Calmetrics needed to maintain its competitive edge against foreign competitors who enjoy access to low-cost technical labor, research and development (R&D) funding, and university resources.

In 2013, Calmetrics attended a FuzeHub Solutions Forum on Long Island. There, the company shared contact information with Cornell University’s Center for Materials Research (CCMR). After the event, Calmetrics received regular CCMR updates via email.

Outcome

Calmetrics completed Shared Facilities training during the spring of 2015. The company then applied for and won two JumpStart awards.

Calmetrics first Jump Start award (August 2015) involved the development of chromium-foil reference standards that none of its competitors can offer. Today, the stress-reducing PVD process that Cornell scientists helped to create supports Calmetrics production on CCMR’s shared equipment.

Calmetrics’ second Jump Start award (January 2017) involves the development of reference standards for NIST-traceable calibrations used for screening and verification in compliance with the EU’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive. Calmetrics & The Cornell Center for Materials Research Successful Connection Powered by FuzeHub.

With help from CCMR and FuzeHub, Calmetrics has gained a competitive advantage and reinforced its position as a “one-stop shop” for reference standards in a crowded global marketplace.

“As a small business with limited resources, we need to leverage our R&D efforts through public-private partnerships such as the CCMR Industrial Partnerships Program. Opportunities like this help us to grow and compete.”– Frank Ferrandino, Calmetrics.

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